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In a world that is already filled with clutter, simplicity is a strong message. Google

Yes, Google has a new logo – but why?

Google has unveiled its new logo, adopting a sans-serif typeface and retaining the same colours as before. But is it better or more practical than the logo it replaces?

Re-Designing the Conference

I recently concluded the Americas Cultures-Based Innovation (CBI) Symposium, co-hosted by the Banff Centre in Calgary, Canada. Being the third time that I have co-organised a CBI Symposium, I now know…
Science in the Cinema this year sorted fact from fiction in the 1982 cult classic Bladerunner. ElectricDynamite/flickr

The science and fiction behind Blade Runner

Medical research can be complex and difficult to understand, but cinematic representations of mad scientists who speak gobbledygook add to the confusion. An annual event separates fact from fiction.
Scaling back our collective overuse of electricity would create a huge resource that can be tapped for future power needs. Weerayut Ranmal/Shutterstock.com

Cutting back on wasted electricity is the cleanest power source of all – as our household shows

A few years ago, I couldn’t read an energy bill beyond the charge levied. I couldn’t tell you how energy was measured, or ultimately how its use related to making my life better or worse, let alone how…
Weavings from Indigenous bush dyeing and weaving workshops. Elizabeth Tunstall

Be rooted: learning from Aboriginal dyeing and weaving

Being rooted is different from being connected or even grounded. As we know from our mobile phones, connectivity can be fleeting. Grounding is only at surface layers. Being rooted goes as deep in the earth as above in the sky, providing greater stability.
The highest IVF success rates are reported in women under 30 who have an around a 26% chance of having a baby. Philippe Put/Shutterstock

Your questions answered on donor conception and IVF

Thanks to IVF and donor conception, infertile couples, single women and lesbian couples now have a better chance of starting families. But while common, it's rarely openly discussed.
Australian manufacturing can provide the “silver sliver” - or the high-value - part of world goods. Image sourced from www.shutterstock.com

Chasing the ‘silver sliver’: making sure innovation doesn’t slip through our fingers

Australia has the frustrating distinction of repeatedly producing world-beating ideas - only to lose them overseas. Why can't we hold onto what we invent?
Despite the Intergenerational Report’s assertion about ageing’s negative impact on labour force participation, the effect turns out to be minimal. Image sourced from www.shutterstock.com

Truthy untruths: behind the facade of the Intergenerational Report

The 2015 Intergenerational Report is being used as a basis for important decisions about future policies. But it makes some misleading claims.
Smart engagement with Asia means recognising the many ways in which Asian migrants to Australia are opening new pathways for discovery, innovation and cultural understanding. EPA/Ole Spata

Immigrant ambassadors open doors for Australia across Asia

Skilled migrants from India, China and other neighbouring countries are building pathways for innovation, growth and better understanding between Australia and their homelands.
Boys with toys? Flickr/Simon Rankin

The astronomy “Toy Story” row

I was initially rather excited to see that one of my friends and collaborators, Professor Shri Kulkarni from Caltech, had his picture littering my Facebook feed recently. Unfortunately for Shri, it was…
Scientists knew the mystery signals were close by the Parkes radio telescope: but what was the source? Flickr/Amanda Slater

How we found the source of the mystery signals at The Dish

Astronomers used to probing the universe always knew that strange signals detected by the Parkes radio telescope were coming from somewhere closer to home. But finding the source was the tricky bit.
‘What’s in it for me?’ is a common question today, but not one that necessarily produces the best answers for collective wellbeing. Shutterstock/iQoncept

Explainer: the greater good and why it matters more than ever

The concept of the greater good has made a comeback in Europe in an era of budget austerity, but in Australia too few of us are alive to its meaning – and to its vulnerability.
No improvements have been made to Indigenous higher education participation or completion despite a major review. from www.shutterstock.com.au

Nothing has changed since Indigenous higher ed review

Three years after the Review of Higher Education Access and Outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People which aimed to increase university attendance for Indigenous Australians, not much has changed.

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